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Cleveland Browns Rumors: 5 Biggest Whispers Before Training Camp

Cleveland Browns Rumors: 5 Biggest Whispers Before Training Camp

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Now two weeks away from the start of training camp, NFL teams have an idea of their roster capabilities based on offseason OTAs, etc. For the Cleveland Browns, the offseason was full of change, but the franchise looks to be headed in the right direction. With all the change, Browns' personnel rumors have been widespread, so here are five of the biggest whispers coming out of Berea heading into training camp.

5. Andre Johnson is Only a Pipedream

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5. Andre Johnson is Only a Pipedream

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Lacking a strong No. 1 receiving option at WR, the Cleveland Browns were one of the rumored teams that would be interested in trading for Johnson. The most recent development in the Johnson-Texans saga is that Houston will stand firm and not move Johnson, even if he doesn't show up to camp. If the Texans are serious about holding on to Johnson, don't expect the Browns to sway the Texans, especially if losing crucial draft picks are necessary.

4. Pierre Desir Can Overtake Justin Gilbert for No. 2 Cornerback Spot

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4. Pierre Desir Can Overtake Justin Gilbert for No. 2 Cornerback Spot

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Cleveland's 2014 first-round draft selection, Justin Gilbert, was thought to be the counterpart to CB Joe Haden, but fourth-round draftee Pierre Desir has made a strong impression on the coaching staff with his size and ability to track the ball. It's been said that Pierre Desir has a shot to overtake Gilbert and last year's starter Buster Skrine at corner, so training camp will be huge for the small-school product.

3. Running Back Ben Tate is In a Positional Battle with Terrance West

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3. Running Back Ben Tate is In a Positional Battle with Terrance West

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Tate’s signing in free agency denoted that the Browns would put a strong emphasis on running the football in 2014. While Tate is well-known across the NFL, he has shown flashes of becoming a star; however, injury problems have hindered him in the past. Tate’s injuries led Cleveland to trade up in the draft to select West for insurance purposes. West’s style resembles Alfred Morris, who Kyle Shanahan coached, so Tate could be battling to start.

2. Brian Hoyer Will be the Starter

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2. Brian Hoyer Will be the Starter

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Although NFL activities are in a lull period, Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel's off-the-field activities have been paid close attention by the media. Veteran Brian Hoyer looks to be the solid choice to open up camp as the starting quarterback and continue where he left off last season before he was sidelined with a knee injury.

1. The Offensive Line is Finally Solidified

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1. The Offensive Line is Finally Solidified

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Left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack are proven at their particular positions, but the Browns have questions that need to be answered at the guard positions and right tackle. According to reports, last year's right tackle Mitchell Schwartz will retain the role, and veteran John Greco will start at RG. This leaves the LG role open for one of three players, including rookie Joel Bitonio. Bitonio has been rumored to be the Browns' choice.